44 KM Hiking Trail Between Islamabad and Haripur is Pakistan’s Longest Ever

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government has recently inaugurated what looks to be Pakistan’s longest trail yet at Margalla Hills, and a walking track connecting Margalla Hills National Park and the Haripur district of the northern province.

The route, which is known as Trail No 5, is 44 kilometers long and links Islamabad with Haripur. The provincial government is hoping to develop and modernize it in order to promote tourism.

Muhammad Atif Khan, the Senior Minister for Tourism, inaugurated the Margalla ridge trail and the walking track on Saturday. The officials from the Ministry have told the media that the over 35 km-long track lies in KPK.

The minister said that the KPK government has chalked out a master plan to develop new tourist sites. Under this plan, the government will work on modern lines to start restoring tourist destinations including Kalam, Kumrat, Nathiagali, and others.


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He said that his ministry would develop the Kumrat tourist destination as a national park in a bid to exhibit the province as a tourism brand and attract tourists from around the world.

KP Secretary Sports and Tourism Shah Zaman, Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz, Chairman Wildlife Management Board Dr. Aneesur Rahman, Commissioner Malakand Zaheer-ul-Islam, and General Manager Tourist Information Centers (TICS) Muhammad Ali Syed also attended the inauguration ceremony.

Margalla Hills Trail 5

Trail 5 contains three different interconnected tracks. The first one is a normal one and contains a spring called Ficus Spring. The last one is called Trail-5 Dangerous. This track is unique as compared to other trails of Margalla Hills. It features some steep areas and serves as an adventurous route for many.

As for the Ficus Spring, it has gotten popular due to the refreshing atmosphere it provides. The trekkers usually refill their water bottles and get themselves refreshed here.

Most parts of the trail 5 pass through the serene, calm, and beautiful areas of the Haripur district and offer plentiful camping spots as well.


  • Sajeel

    Please attach Pictures also. Thanks

  • Fakhre Alam

    pics please

  • ScarletCrimson

    Amazing initiative. I hope people don’t ruin the trail by throwing trash everywhere.

  • Wanst trail 5 is there already.. ..i wemt trail 5 last summers.. .How come it been now launche. ..

    • Ahmad Hassan

      Looks like they have extended it to KPK.

      • Kamran Hashmi

        The ridge and Trail5 are two different entities. Misinformation here

  • Gul Jee

    Very good initiative. Please people keep it clean and be considerate to wild life.

  • Kamran Hashmi

    The article is full of wrong information.
    The ridge trail and Trail5 are two different trails. Don’t mix them.
    The ridge is literally the top of the Margallas as viewed from anywhere in Islamabad, starting from D-12 all the way to Tret (near Old Murree road)

  • Uzair Asim

    Hello admin. I am planning to go there on the first weekend of next month to hike complete 44 Km, camp for the night and then come back the next day. Now the thing that is worrying me is that the 44 Kilometers are not on Google Maps yet, only the Trail 5 old route is there. If you can provide us with any source to get the route information from we’d be grateful.

  • Uzair Asim

    Hello admin. I am planning to go there on the first weekend of next month to hike complete 44 Km, camp for the night and then come back the next day. Now the thing that is worrying me is that the 44 Kilometers are not on Google Maps yet, only the Trail 5 old route is there. If you can provide us with any source to get the route information from we’d be grateful.